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NEW YORK — The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA announced today that Dr. Pierre Noël has joined the Center as a Global Research Scholar with a focus on international energy security and climate change issues. He will be based at Columbia University’s Paris Global Center, drawing on the University’s global network of experts to explore in-depth the intersections between energy security, geopolitics and global climate negotiations.
“Fostering understanding of the interplay between global security and energy dynamics is at the heart of our international security program at the Center on Global Energy Policy, and Pierre will add an important perspective to this work,” said Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Founding Director of CGEP. “Pierre’s expertise in how global energy markets interact with geopolitics and international security matters, as well as his focus on the specific energy challenges facing emerging economies will bring important, new scholarship to our international security program. We are delighted that Pierre is joining our team.”
“Energy has been a significant factor in international security affairs for nearly two hundred years, transforming how nations war, countries and industries operate, and citizens live,” said Richard Nephew, a Senior Research Scholar who leads CGEP’s International Security Initiative, focused on informing policy debates and fostering understanding of global security and energy dynamics through research, education and dialogue. “Pierre will be an essential part of the Center’s work to understand these dynamics and articulate solutions to the challenges that they create.”
“I’m so pleased to join the stellar team at the Center on Global Energy Policy,” said Dr. Noël. “In a changing global energy landscape, understanding the interplay between international energy markets, geopolitics and public policy choices is critical for better policy making in this space, and I look forward to contributing to CGEP’s work on these issues.”
Dr. Pierre Noël has worked on energy security policy in Europe, with special reference to Russia-dependent central and eastern European countries. He specialized in the changing natural gas market structures and how they impacted policy choices. In the field of energy security, he has also worked and published on the global oil market and Saudi strategy; Ukraine and the Russia-Europe gas relationship; the Russia-China gas relationship; maritime security and energy trade in the Indo-Pacific. Since 2013, Dr. Noël has worked extensively on energy and environmental policy strategies in emerging Asia. He has focused on the economic and political drivers of the competition between coal, LNG and renewables in a context of growing concerns about the local and global environment. Prior to joining CGEP, Dr Noël was a Senior Fellow in Economic and Energy Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), based successively in Singapore and London; before that, he was a Senior Research Associate with the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) at the University of Cambridge (UK).
The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA advances smart, actionable and evidence-based energy and climate solutions through research, education and dialogue. Based at one of the world’s top research universities, what sets CGEP apart is our ability to communicate academic research, scholarship and insights in formats and on timescales that are useful to decision makers. We bridge the gap between academic research and policy — complementing and strengthening the world-class research already underway at Columbia University, while providing support, expertise, and policy recommendations to foster stronger, evidence-based policy. Recently, Columbia University President Lee Bollinger announced the creation of a new Climate School — the first in the nation — to tackle the most urgent environmental and public health challenges facing humanity.